I need to live in a city where I can get around without a car. I don't have one, can't afford one, and frankly, don't want one. I am looking for a city where housing is reasonably priced and I can find a job within a month (I have a high school diploma and a year of experience in the service industry). I am looking for a reasonably priced college that offers courses in ethnic/cultural studies, foreign languages, and creative writing or communications. I would also like to not have to worry too much about getting shot/stabbed/raped, but I know in the states that can be too much to ask for.
PSU seems a lot better than Wichita State University (which is where I'll end up if I don't move), and Portland is only a six hour drive from my boyfriend's place in Vancouver. From everything I've heard, Portland is ideal for me. The only major "con" I've thought of thus far is the weather. I have no problem with Vancouver weather, which is similar from what I've heard, but I do have SAD so it is a concern.
As for me personally, I'm fairly liberal in my views, I am quiet and keep to myself- not much for night life- really like animals, and manage my money well. I travel a lot and plan on making annual trips to Vancouver and Las Vegas.
Your thoughts and advice are greatly appreciated.